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Tuesday, May 24 2016
John 14: Who And What Is The Way To Salvation?
"If ye love Me, keep My Commandments"
"20:2 I am the LORD thy God, which have brought thee out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of bondage. 20:3 Thou shalt have no other gods before me.
"The LORD God" of the Exodus was later born as the Messiah, Jesus Christ - as plainly stated in the Scriptures: "that Rock was Christ." Notice carefully that those who refused to obey Him were destroyed by Him: "Neither let us tempt Christ, as some of them also tempted, and were destroyed of serpents."
"10:1 Moreover, brethren, I would not that ye should be ignorant, how that all our fathers were under the cloud, and all passed through the sea; 10:2 And were all baptized unto Moses in the cloud and in the sea; 10:3 And did all eat the same spiritual meat; 10:4 And did all drink the same spiritual drink: for they drank of that spiritual Rock that followed them: and that Rock was Christ. 10:5 But with many of them God was not well pleased: for they were overthrown in the wilderness.
The LORD God was sent by the Father to do the work of Creation, in preparation for the coming Kingdom of God (see What Gospel Did Jesus Preach?). He will grant Salvation only to those who truly obey Him, not to self-righteous rebels, as declared by the Ten Commandments: "Blessed are they that do His Commandments, that they may have right to the tree of life" (see Will You Return To The Tree Of Life?).
"22:12 And, behold, I come quickly; and my reward is with me, to give every man according as his work shall be. 22:13 I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end, the first and the last. 22:14 Blessed are they that do his commandments, that they may have right to the tree of life, and may enter in through the gates into the city. 22:15 For without are dogs, and sorcerers, and whoremongers, and murderers, and idolaters, and whosoever loveth and maketh a lie. 22:16 I Jesus have sent mine angel to testify unto you these things in the churches. I am the root and the offspring of David, and the bright and morning star." (Revelation 22:12-16 KJV)
The famous "mansions" teaching referred to habitation in the coming Kingdom of God. Although it has come to mean a large, sometimes pretentious home, the English word "mansion" was derived from a Latin word, mansum, that simply means to dwell. Mansion is found once in the King James Version of the Bible to translate the original Greek word, pronounced moh-nay, which means to stay, or to reside. The Greek word is itself found only twice in the Holy Scriptures, both in the book of John; the KJV translates it once as "mansions" and once as "abode" (see Where Is The House Of God?; also Why Was Jesus A Carpenter?).
"14:1 Let not your heart be troubled: ye believe in God, believe also in me. 14:2 In my Father's house are many mansions: if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. 14:3 And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto myself; that where I am, there ye may be also. 14:4 And whither I go ye know, and the way ye know." (John 14:1-4 KJV)
"14:5 Thomas saith unto him, Lord, we know not whither thou goest; and how can we know the way?
A plain statement by the Messiah: "If ye love Me, keep My Commandments." Truly loving Him means truly obeying Him.
"14:15 If ye love me, keep my commandments. 14:16 And I will pray the Father, and he shall give you another Comforter, that he may abide with you for ever; 14:17 Even the Spirit of truth; whom the world cannot receive, because it seeth him not, neither knoweth him: but ye know him; for he dwelleth with you, and shall be in you. 14:18 I will not leave you comfortless: I will come to you. 14:19 Yet a little while, and the world seeth me no more; but ye see me: because I live, ye shall live also. 14:20 At that day ye shall know that I am in my Father, and ye in me, and I in you. 14:21 He that hath my commandments, and keepeth them, he it is that loveth me: and he that loveth me shall be loved of my Father, and I will love him, and will manifest myself to him.
Fact Finder: What does the Word of God say about those who claim the Satanic lie that God's Law is "done away"?
This Day In History, May 24
1153: King David I of Scotland died and was succeeded by his grandson Malcolm IV.
1218: The Fifth Crusade set out from Acre (a city on the coast of northern Israel) for Egypt (see Constantine's Crusades In History And Prophecy).
1261: Alexander IV, antipope 1254-1261, died under suspicious circumstances. Some historians believe that he was poisoned by his successor, antipope John XXIII (see The Struggle For The Papacy; listen also to our Sermon Constantine's Papacy).
1276: Magnus Ladulas was proclaimed King of Sweden.
1543: Nicolaus Copernicus published his theory of a sun-centered solar system, which contradicted the common belief that the sun revolved around the earth (see also No 'Flat Earth' In The Bible).
1607: 100 English pioneers arrived in Jamestown (that they named after King James - the same as the King James Version of the Bible), in what is today Virginia. Although later mythological propaganda (that many have been grossly misled into believing is "history") falsely claimed otherwise, the English pioneers were patriotic citizens of England who volunteered to establish English colonies in the New World e.g. the royal-chartered Jamestown settlers were financed and supplied by the Virginia Company of London. None were treason-committing rebels or self-exiled runaways looking for "freedom" from their beloved country.
1621: The Protestant Union (a coalition of Protestant German states) was formally dissolved.
1689: The English Parliament passed the Act of Toleration, protecting Protestants against persecution by Roman Catholics.
1798: Believing that a (Roman Catholic) French invasion of Ireland was imminent, Irish nationalists rose up against the (Protestant) British occupation.
1819: Princess Alexandrina Victoria was born at Kensington Palace in London, the only daughter of the Duke of Kent. As Queen Victoria, she reigned for 63 years, from 1837 until her death in 1901.
1844: Samuel Morse transmitted his first telegraph message to his associate 40 miles / 65 kilometers away. The message was "What hath God wrought!" (a quote of Numbers 23:23)
1883: The Brooklyn Bridge in New York City was opened to traffic after 14 years of construction.
1940: Russian aviation pioneer Igor Sikorsky made the first successful helicopter flight.
1941: During the Second World War (which began in September 1939 when Germany invaded Poland), the British battlecruiser HMS Hood was sunk by the massive German battleship Bismarck (52,600 tons, eight 15-inch guns) which began firing 15 miles away. Of the 1,400 crew of the Hood, only 3 survived. Prime Minister Winston Churchill ordered an all-out hunt by the Royal Navy for the Bismarck, which was located and sent to the bottom a few days later by 3 British warships - a bombardment firefight with the Bismarck through the night from the British battleships King George V and Rodney and 3 torpedoes from the British cruiser Dorsetshire the next day.
1943: Admiral Donitz withdrew the German U-boat (submarine) fleet from the open Atlantic due to heavy losses (75% of crews lost) inflicted by the United States, British and Canadian navies.
1950: The "Tripartite Declaration" by Britain, U.S., and France sought to prevent further war in the region of Israel.
1961: U.S. civil rights "Freedom Riders" were arrested in Jackson, Mississippi for "disturbing the peace" - for peacefully getting off their bus.
1967: Egypt blockaded the Red Sea coast of Israel.
1986: Margaret Thatcher became the first British Prime Minister to visit the present-day state of Israel.
1991: Israel carried out "Operation Solomon," an evacuation of Ethiopian Jews to Israel.
1994: The four men who were convicted of the 1993 World Trade Center bombing in New York were each sentenced to 240 years in prison. Over 1,330 pounds of explosives were packed into a vehicle in an underground parking area of the north tower, placed in such a way that the north tower would supposedly fall into the south tower, in an attempt to bring both towers down. Although much damage was done, and thousands of people were injured, including 7 killed, the towers remained standing - until September 2001.
2000: Israel military forces withdrew from Lebanon after 22 years.